Friday, November 12, 2010

GOP Victory Program Leader Seeks Senate Seat

Greg Treat
Greg Treat, directory of the Republican Party's 2010 Victory Program and a former advisor to Senator Tom Coburn and Governor-elect Mary Fallin, is a candidate for the State Senate seat held by Lt. Governor-elect Todd Lamb.

Lamb, elected lieutenant governor on November 2, has resigned the seat.

A special election will be held to fill the vacant senate seat that includes parts of Edmond and northwest Oklahoma City. No date has been set for the special election.

Carol Hefner of Edmond also is a candidate for the seat, as are Oklahoma City attorney Steven Dobbs and businessman Kenny Goza, Army veteran and former staff member of Governor Frank Keating. 

Hefner filed an Ethics Commission report on September 30th showing she had raised about $27,000 since beginning her campaign. Her expenditures include payments to consultants AH Strategies/Majority Designs. The other candidates have not yet filed reports.

Treat said his top priority would be to create a more business friendly environment to promote economic growth and job creation.

He also said he will stand up to the overreaching and job-killing policies of Washington, D.C.

"I’m running for state Senate to create the best business environment possible in Oklahoma so we can bring more jobs and better opportunities to our state.”

Treat, a longtime conservative Republican, most recently served as executive director of the Oklahoma Republican Party’s Victory Program. Under Treat’s leadership, the Victory Program played a key factor in the GOP sweep of statewide offices as well as Republican gains in the state House and state Senate.

Upon Treat being hired at Victory Coburn said, “I asked one of my most trusted staff members, Greg Treat, to take a year away from our U.S. Senate office in order to run Victory in this crucial year. He has been associated with me since 1999, when I served the Second Congressional District of Oklahoma in the U.S. House of Representatives.”

Senator Jim Inhofe praised Treat’s leadership saying, “I was grateful to be able to help Republican candidates this cycle, and one of the ways I was able to help was by investing my campaign resources in Victory 2010. I was confident in this investment because I trusted the leadership and direction provided by Greg Treat.”

Treat served as a legislative liaison for Coburn, working with state legislators to promote fiscal responsibility and conservative policies at the state level. He served as legislative director for then-Lieutenant Governor Mary Fallin helping to shape her conservative, pro-business agenda.

Treat is an Oklahoma native and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma where he earned Phi Beta Kappa honors. He and his wife Maressa live in northwest Oklahoma City with their two sons Mason and Cooper.

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